Combat monsoon skin and hair woes
Dr Blossom Kochhar shows you how to tackle your skin and hair problems during the monsoon.
To combat the attack of the monsoon on one’s skin and hair, a basic list of dos and don’ts must be followed:
Must Do: The 3-step regime of cleansing, toning and moisturising must be religiously followed. Also, always use a sunscreen before going out. Preferably, use gel-based products. Combat Sweating: And its consequent illeffects, by applying a paste of multani mitti (Fuller’s Earth) and water on your body. Allow it to dry. Rinse with water. Normal To Dry Skin: Mash a banana with a tsp of vegetable oil. Apply on the face and leave it on for 15-20 minutes as a face mask till it dries. For Oily Skin: Mix together multani mitti (Fuller’s Earth), gram flour and sandalwood powder in equal quantities. Store in an airtight container. For application, mix 1 tbsp of the powder in water to make a paste and apply on the face. Leave it on for 15-20 minutes and wash it off. It prevents allergies, puffiness and skin diseases. Say ‘No’ To Harsh Soaps: That have a drying effect. Mix equal amounts of green gram powder, Bengal gram powder and half the quantity of ground fenugreek seeds. Prepare a paste by mixing all these in rosewater. Apply generously on the entire body. This deep cleanses and refreshes the body.
Always use a sunscreen before going out. Preferably, use gel-based products.
Make sure you sleep and eat really well.
Mild Shampoo: Instead of using harsh shampoos, beat together 1 tbsp of castor oil, 1 tbsp of glycerine, 1 tsp of cider vinegar, 1 tsp of yoghurt and 1 tbsp of a mild herbal shampoo. Leave the mixture on the scalp for 20 minutes and wash. Do this at least thrice a week. Gentle Cleanser: Take 1 cup of coconut milk. To it, add 2 tbsp of gram flour or 1 tsp of shikakai powder and mix. Apply on the scalp and massage the mixture gently, leaving it on for 5 minutes at least once a week. Frizzy Hair?: Aromatherapy has the solution. Prepare a liquid by mixing 1 tbsp of jojoba oil, 3 drops of rosemary oil, 3 drops of lavender oil and 3 drops of lemon oil with a wooden or plastic spoon. Massage this solution well into the hair roots and wash later using a mild herbal shampoo. Condition it too. Regular use of this recipe promotes hair growth as well. Frizzy Hair Pack : Aloe vera gel helps in dealing with the frizzy hair problem as it cleans the pores and restores the pH balance of the scalp. Extract 1 tbsp of thick pulp from aloe vera leaves. To it, add 1 tbsp of olive oil, 1 tsp of coconut oil and 2 tbsp of papaya pulp. Mix well in a blender. Apply this pulpy mixture thoroughly on your scalp and leave it on for an hour before washing. Avoid: Excessive use of blow dryers, flat irons, chemical-based products and alcohol-based hair sprays.
Make sure you sleep and eat really well. Avoid oily food, drink a lot of water and have a bath after getting wet in the rain.